The composition of the Human Rights Commission is twofold: the Commission members, which consists of the Chairperson and members who are appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council; and the Commission officers responsible for the administration and day-to-day operation of the Commission.
The Commission officers are responsible for outreach and education, as well as for the receipt, investigation and mediation of complaints of discrimination. It also prepares reports on complaints for presentation at Commission meetings, which are held several times per year. The Commission’s senior manager also acts as the Secretary to the Commission during meetings.
The Commission itself does not conduct hearings into discrimination complaints, but determines, with the recommendation of the staff, if a complaint should be dismissed or should be referred for a hearing before the Labour and Employment Board, which is an independent tribunal.
Members of the Human Rights Commission are appointed through an open merit-based competitive process. Vacancies are announced on this website and on the Agencies, Boards and Commissions website.